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post #1 of 17 Old 12-20-2007, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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got my 42 gallon tank today

so the lights in the tank are quite good, i wont need heating for another year since by the time my tank finishes cycling the weather will be warm.

i am installing a protein skimmer for 400l tank which is for 100 gallons
and an external filter ( forgot which 1)

both of these are quite expensive but i`m looking at it longterm. The problem however is that the live rock here is extremely expensive and the amount i`ll need comes to about 400 dollars. its actually 200 pounds here. the question i want to ask is can i start the cycle with only some live rock and add the rest later?! by the end of the christmas holidays i`m hoping to have my cycle started.
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post #2 of 17 Old 12-20-2007, 09:02 AM
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You can add more live rock later, but it will need to be either fully cured, or done before you add the livestock and allowed to go through the mini cycle again.

If the rock is fully cured, and can be kept in saltwater for the trek from LFS to home, it should be fine to add. Just not too much at once.

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post #3 of 17 Old 12-20-2007, 05:21 PM
Where is "here"?
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post #4 of 17 Old 12-20-2007, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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here is cyprus, and so far for SW fish this guy seems to have a monopoly :/
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post #5 of 17 Old 12-20-2007, 05:55 PM
Cyprus creek? Cyprus Bend? Cyprus somewhere? LOL, sorry could you tell us where Cyprus is? That way I can have a look around and see if I can help spot a deal.
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post #6 of 17 Old 12-20-2007, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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haha, cyprus - a small little island in europe - just south of turkey :P
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post #7 of 17 Old 12-20-2007, 06:47 PM
How big is the tank? You need about 1 1/2lbs of live rock per gallon.
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post #8 of 17 Old 12-20-2007, 07:01 PM
Ah yes that could certainly limit the amount of shops, online etcc available. Is there any chamce you could get stuff air shipped from Japan, Fiji, or the Philippines? Several of those areas are full of enthusiasts and possibly your money may be stronger than theirs, creating a nice exchange rate.
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post #9 of 17 Old 12-21-2007, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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Aoa - the tank is 42 gallons so i need 105 pounds of live rock :o thats 52 kilos i think :/

cafer - our currency is stronger then most other places - and yes i guess i could get alot of dry goods ship here - but they are smarter then that and cover the costs in taxes so it wouldnt really be worth it. i would only think rare fish would be worth the shipping - but again those would probably die :<

so this is my 42 gallon wishlist - fix it up or tell me if i`m woah :

pair of occelaris clowns w/ anemone
1 valentini puffer - will be tested with shrimp first
3 fire shrimp
2 cleaner
1 mandarin fish (i`m really not sure about this)
and maybe 1-2 blennies
i also really liked a yellow longnosed butterfly fish but is that pushing it?
it also depends on stock available ofc so my clowns may be a differnet breed
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post #10 of 17 Old 12-21-2007, 06:05 PM
It's not cafer, it's cafe racer, as in exotic 1960's European motorcycle hooliganism.

cafer is a derogative, negative and ugly word that implies racism of the nastiest kind in Africa.
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